Masculin/Feminin: Two Small Toronto Spaces

Masculin/Feminin: Two Small Toronto Spaces

Ronee Saroff
Apr 16, 2010

One of my favorite resources for interior design inspiration is Canadian decor magazine Style at Home. I recently came across a century-old townhouse transformed into a masculine retreat and a bachelorette getaway in an historic downtown loft that offer similar, but unique takes on small space living.

Both open concept spaces employ a host of clever solutions that successfully combine functionality and comfort with chic, urban style.

1. In each scenario, a rug with strong graphic lines was the jumping off point for the design. The shapes and colors are echoed on the walls and repeated throughout the room with bold accessories. Clear tables and a one-armed chaise in the loft further help open up the space.

2. These tiny kitchens pack serious design punch. In the townhouse, streamlined, brick-colored cabinetry and a floor length mirror visually expand the space and make the kitchen feel like an extension of the living room. In the loft, vertical lines on the cabinetry pull the eye up, while a glamorous wallpaper brings the red and cream palette into the kitchen.

3. The oval-shaped table in the townhouse allows seating for four without disrupting the traffic flow, and the 1950s Cord chairs by Canadian designer Jacques Guillon add style without heft. A slim banquette nestled in the corner of the loft is a great small dining solution. Laying the wood floor on a diagonal and adding a mirrored wall makes the room feel larger than it really is.

4. Both homeowners designed custom bath solutions to take advantage of their space. The townhouse vanity is fashioned from a vintage record cabinet, whereas the loft employs a narrow, wall-hung sink bookended by slim wooden shelves.

5. The townhouse owners created a cocoon-like feeling in their basement bedroom by adding a dark accent wall and layers of luxurious textiles. By contrast, the bachelorette kept her narrow bedroom bright and airy by creating movable partition walls out of sliding doors.

Images: Evan Dion, Paul Chmielowiec

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